Obtaining a Firearms Permit in New Jersey | What to Know

If you are interested in purchasing a gun in New Jersey, you will need to first obtain a firearms permit. Read on to learn more about the process.

Who Can Get a Gun Permit?

Before applying for a gun permit, it is important to determine whether you are eligible to own a gun in New Jersey. The following individuals cannot own a gun:

  • Those convicted of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault
  • Those committed for mental disorder unless there is satisfactory proof they no longer suffer from a disorder that handicaps them from handling a firearm
  • Those convicted of the unlawful use, possession, or sale of controlled dangerous substances
  • Minors under the age of 18
  • Those who are drug dependent
  • Those who have physical defects that make them unsafe to handle a firearm

Types of Permits 

There are two different types of gun permits that a person can apply for in New Jersey. This can include the following:

  • Handgun Purchase Permit: Known as HPP, this is to apply for the purchase of handguns.
  • Firearm Purchaser Identification Card: Known as FPID, this permit is needed to purchase a rifle, long gun, or shotgun.

It is important to know that obtaining a gun permit will not allow you to carry your gun. In order to do so, you will have to obtain a license to carry. This is very difficult to do in New Jersey.

What do I Need in Order to Apply for a Gun Permit? 

In order to apply for a gun permit, you will need the following: 

  • A passport
  • A driver’s license
  • 2 references
  • An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search

Along with this information, the police will conduct a full and thorough background check with the FBI. This consists of a search of the applicant’s mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding firearms permits in New Jersey, contact our firm today.

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